7 Mar 2007

Health problem forces Samoan top officer to quit East Timor force

4:50 pm on 7 March 2007

Samoa's retired assistant police commissioner who was leading a contingent of peace keepers in East Timor has been sent back home because he's medically unfit.

The police commissioner, Papali'i Lorenese Neru, says the retired senior police officer, Tuitoga Poe Ualesi, is unable to continue in his one-year mission because of a leg problem.

Tuitoga's selection in the contingent came under criticism from several police officers who applied but were not selected.

He applied before he was retired last year

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police says he's considering taking fit and healthy former members of the police services for overseas peace keeping missions.